This spring, UNITY is taking to the streets along with thousands of others across the country. As part of 99% Spring, UNITY groups have helped train thousands of people in non-violent direct action. As part of 99% Power, UNITY groups will be mobilizing to protest criminal corporations Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Verizon, Wal-Mart and Sallie Mae.
Zagreb, 5 April – Although the accession of Croatia to the European Union is a political act with numerous consequences, there was no serious discussion about the accession neither before the referendum nor afterwards. Within the last few months, new austerity measures and structural adjustments, changes to labor laws and privatizations were the cause of mass protests on the streets of Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Romania and Hungary. European Union’s internal turmoil as well as the economic, financial, social and ideological crisis of the European project are the topics of this year’s 5th Subversive Forum.
Published on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by TomDispatch.com
A Rebellious World or a New Dark Age?
On the History of the US Economy in Decline
The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. Unprecedented, in fact. There’s never been anything like it that I can think of. If the bonds and associations it has established can be sustained through a long, dark period ahead -- because victory won’t come quickly -- it could prove a significant moment in American history.
The fact that the Occupy movement is unprecedented is quite appropriate. After all, it’s an unprecedented era and has been so since the 1970s, which marked a major turning point in American history. For centuries, since the country began, it had been a developing society, and not always in very pretty ways. That’s another story, but the general progress was toward wealth, industrialization, development, and hope. There was a pretty constant expectation that it was going to go on like this. That was true even in very dark times.
I’m just old enough to remember the Great Depression. After the first few years, by the mid-1930s -- although the situation was objectively much harsher than it is today -- nevertheless, the spirit was quite different. There was a sense that “we’re gonna get out of it,” even among unemployed people, including a lot of my relatives, a sense that “it will get better.”